About This Place
Harrisville is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,645 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The earliest recorded history of the area now known as Harrisville relates a double tragedy: In 1850 Urban Stewart built the first house in what was to become Harrisville. It was constructed of logs and was located about 300 yards to the southwest of where the Harrisville chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) was later constructed. Stewart had planted a garden and watched over it with care. On the night of September 16, 1850, Stewart he heard rustling out in his corn patch and saw a moving object, which he fired at, killing Chief Terikee, of the Shoshone people. The Indians retaliated by killing a white man named Campbell, a transient employee of Farr's Mill, and Stewart had to leave the country. The Indians were intent on destroying the Weber County settlement. When the LDS Church authorities sent 150 men to help secure the Weber colony, Terikee's band took the body of their chief and retreated northward.
In 1851 Martin Henderson Harris, for whom Harrisville was named and a nephew of Book of Mormon Witness Martin Harris, built a log home west of Four Mile Creek. Others soon followed: James Lake; Pleasant Green Taylor, who settled on the Urban Stewart claim; David Jenkins, who put up a small house on the south portion of Stewart's claim; William W. Dixon, who settled by a small creek that would bear his name; Stephen Ordway; Luman A. Shurtleff; and others.